Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Warm and Cozy Christmas -- Crafty Sentiments Designs

Hi there!!
Hope you all are well !!
So, the little sister went back to school...
and the big sister stayed home today...I feel like this
might just be a trend.  Not a trend that I like, but a trend, nonetheless!!
Can you say... frantic, panicked mommy, oh my!!  I haven't been around much
on the blogs and this is by far, the main reason!!  I just can't get much done with my
little buddies staying home instead of going to school.  So...I'm trying to be footloose about
it, but I am not really a footloose gal unless I'm on an island... so as you can imagine, it's not
going as well as I would like!!   Hee Hee!!  Cue the violins for this momma, will ya?

I'm back with my second post for Crafty Sentiments Designs!!! YAY!!
Our theme this fortnight on the challenge blog is: "Christmas"
and I chose non-traditional colors, of course!!  :) :)
If you know me well, you know that I need
to use BLUE GREENS every week or I
LOL!!  :) :) :) 

This image is called, "Cold Christmas" and she is so very important to my girls right now as she is styled similarly to their favorite storybook heroine: "Anna" from the book and movie, "Frozen" about some ice princesses and a very fun wintry tale of a frozen land and all of the magic that comes with it!!

My girls showed me their DK Official Guide to Frozen as well as the novel so that I may portray her in an accurate light!! LOL!!  I hope they love her because this is going to be a very special 
Christmas card for both of them to share!!  :) :) 

They watched me color her up, but they were not around when I added the amazing and fabulous "Sparkly Fluff" to her muff and ear muffs!!  It really puffs up and gives great dimension!!
I hope that they will squeal with delight when they see and "feel" the fuzzy fur!!

Here are the colors that I used for my card.
I use both shin-han touch brush markers (white case)
and mix them amongst my copics for some added depth of color.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Little Fairies: Top of the Pops (Walking in a Winter Wonderland)
Color Me Creative Challenge: #81 Wintry, Frosty, Cold
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes/World Peace Day
Sassy Studio Designs: Not Your Typical Christmas
Creative Corner Challenges: Let It Snow
Christmas Card Challenges: #51 Bling
Creative Knockouts: Make It Sparkle
Happy Campers Challenge: Glitter
Jingle Belles: Holiday Traditions
Paper Playtime: #23 Sparkle
Hanna and Friends: Glitter
MilkCoffee: Fairytales
Make It Monday: AG
Inspired By: #96

Thank you for stopping by today!! :) :)
I hope that you will join us on the challenge blog this week!!
For the next 4 challenges the super fab prize that we will be awarding
is one of the Crafty Sentiments dies!!  :) :) A GREAT prize!!!  :) :)

Here are the products that I used on my card including the amazing "Sparkly Fluff" 
and the gorgeous digi stamp called, "Cold Christmas"  


  1. Stunning And I Need A Pair Of These Ear Muffs For Walking My Dog

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous. So love the wonderful purple and aqua colouring.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  3. Nicole, this is gorgeous! Love your bright colors and your coloring is perfect!

  4. Wow Nicole! She is GORGEOUS! You always seem to work magic with those markers and bright your little characters to life!

  5. She is wonderful! I love how cozy her muff and ear warmers look and how cold the snow and ice looks. Great use of extra mediums. The colors as always are stunning. My girls really loved this and recognized her right away! Perfection!

  6. Nicole, your card is amazing. I love the dimension to the muffs. Great job. Sending healthy vibes to your family. I know what it's like trying to get work done with a sick child at home. I hope everyone feels better soon.

  7. Nicole love your card, the purples are so pretty! I have to get some of that puffy stuff, I love it. I had to laugh when your daughters made you purchase the book so you can color her true to character. My kiddos are the same way! Hope you have a great week and your little ones get better soon.

  8. I love purple for Christmas! I especially love that sparkly fluff. Your girls will definitely squeal when they see it!

  9. Wowzers girl...this is amazing! What a cutie patootie:) You colored her so beautifully~you brought her to life! The sparkle you added to her muffs-FABULOUS idea! LOVE it!
    Hope everyone gets to feeling better in the house! Boy, I can remember those days...just when you thought all is good, the next one gets sick, ugh! Hang in there!!
    Have a great day Nicole and thanks so much for sharing your darling card!!
    Sherrie K

  10. So gorgeous Nicole, such a sweet image coloured so beautifully. I love the ' sparkly stuff ' , it looks wonderful and the perfect choice of sentiment.
    I hope your daughter is feeing better soon.
    hugs Sue xx

  11. Oh my Nicole where do I start? Let's see...I feel your pain about the little ones! My 4 y/o wants to "help" and he drives me crazy touching all of my tools,etc LOL! Love the non traditional colors, awesome fluff detail and the digi looks exactly like Anna!! That's so cool! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create!


  12. This is so gorgeous sweetie. Fantastic colouring and I can feel that gorgeous fur from here.


  13. Nicole, love this! Great idea to base it on the character from Frozen. Beautiful coloring and love the sparkly fluff muff too. Thanks for joining us for the DTBST challenge this week.

    -Lori SSD DT

  14. Love the "Sparkly Stuff" on your beautifully coloured image! Great card! I'm sure the girls will love it! TYFS and joining in on all the fun at Christmas Cards Challenges #51.

  15. Ooooooh she is so pretty Nicole!! The colors you used are amazing! So bright and wintery! Love love it!! That movie looks interesting too! Bet my girl would love that one. Perhaps I would too! :)

  16. this is gorgeous Nicole and a great match for the character. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog x

  17. So beautiful, Nicole! Love the colors and fluff! Your girls' will just LOVE this!
    Jackie :)

  18. what a festive holiday card, i especially love the way you've used that awesome sparkly fluff! thanks for sharing your favorite holiday traditions with us at JINGLE BELLES!

  19. Oh my goodness how cute! Love the sparkle fluff!! Thanks for joining Creative Knockouts Challenges!

  20. This is very Beautiful! ! I love the sparkly fluff u added and they are going to love it!!! I can't wait to see that movie! !! Good luck with all your challenges too! Hugs, Heidi

  21. I'm sure your daughters will love that little lady ... so glad you shared your holiday tradition with us at jingle belles.

  22. Gorgeous card, love the glitter and what a sweet image! TFS

  23. She is gorgeous and beautifully coloured love the colours chosen instead of traditional colours thankyou for joining our challenge at craftitude this fortnight and good luck fiona dt. x

  24. This is absolutely fabulous, Nicole!!! Your coloring is over the top gorgeous and I looove how you added all the fluff and sparkle!!! You need to frame this beauty!!!!

  25. Wow Nicole she is beautifully colored. I LOVE your card! TFS.
    Crafty hugs,

  26. Awesome, Nicole. Now i want that sparkle fluff it's awesome. You are so smart to make this image into Anna! Forget my granddaughter, i am the one that wants to see this movie. LOL. I've already purchased the Animation doll Anna for my collection. She is so precious. I can see your girls and i would get along famously. Actually, my granddaughter is getting the exclusive Anna dress from Disney World parks for Christmas..it's not the same as the one in the Disney Store. I have a few digi's that i've transformed into Disney characters.. Sofia was one..it was a Mo image.

  27. Fabulous project! Your image is beautifully colored and your composition is outstanding! I love the color palette and your wonderful use of glitter to accent the grass, her muff, and the trim on her skirt! The entire project is wonderfully crafted! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  28. Oh my gosh Nicole - of course they will squeal with delight when they see it - I did :o) It's awesome. LOVE that sparkly fluff. Wonderful color choices.

  29. I have no bloody idea what Sparkly Fluff is but it is awesome!! You colored her up so greatly.
    Aren't kids great? Ok, so they give you some hard time lately, but, for instance right now, I just can't wait for my girl to wake up, cause today we color some Mo's elfs together! :)
    Saw the trailer for Frozen - gotta see it! :)
    Have an awesome day, today, Nic...

  30. I absolutely love the non-traditional colors and the fluff! I haven't even seen previews for Frozen yet *gasp* but I'm sure it's one that I will want to see, even if my baby is 17, we still love anything Disney...I mean how can anyone NOT love Disney..right?? ;) Have a good one Nicole! :)

  31. Nicole, this card is really amazing, love your fab coloring and the fluffy effect. fab colors too

  32. You are such a good mama, not only to take care of them when they are home (poor other daughter now, I hope she feels better soon for both your sakes!), but to make them such spectacular cards! They definitely WILL be squealing with delight! They must think their mama is a magician!! Hugs, Darnell

  33. Gorgeous card and image Nicole. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  34. Oh Nicole, this card is absolutely STUNNING!! I love the muffs! You just amaze me lady! Your coloring is perfect in every way and absolutely matches your inspiration pic! Your girlies are going to be thrilled! I sure hope this sickness gets out of your house for good. I know you've got to be worn out! xo

  35. Oh! she is amazing my friend !! What stunning colouring, I had never heard of ShinHan markers till I met you.
    I am off to check them out when I leave here ;o)
    Stunning colours you chose and i so want some of that fluffy fur ...lol
    Hope you get the poppet back to school soon xxxxxx
    My folder came at last, it brightened my day as I have had a couple of rough days.
    Huge hugs Mau xx

  36. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Little Fairies with this gorgeous card! A fab layout and I love the lush colours too :)

  37. She is adorable and I love how you colored her to match the little girl in the storybook and kudos to you on the Sparkly Fluff, it looks awesome!

  38. So cute! Beautifully colored and the love the sparkly fluff!

  39. awwww, absolutely cute card!! this image is adorable and your coloring is fabulous!

  40. Nicole, thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving such a lovely comment! I love Pollycraft images but only have a few. Apparently you can still get them on Little Miss Muffett digis. Love your card! My granddaughter is totally in love with Sophia the First at the moment. Saw your beautiful card on MIM.
    Hugs, Renee

  41. This is stunning! Love how you colored her up in such bright, cheerful colors. Those little ear muffs and hand warmer muff are perfect!

  42. Very beautiful! And what an excellent likeness to the movie character! Just wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Craftitude.

  43. she's adorable! love the colours. I haven't heard of that character, will have to check it out. I use a mix of Touch Twin and Copics too. Can never have enough markers :) x

  44. A gorgeous card, love the colours...spotted you at MIM!
    Helen x

  45. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Milk Coffee.
    Hugs Rossi (DT Member)

  46. Beautiful job with this Nicole! I love the colors you used and your coloring is so pretty! Love the fluffy look of the muffs...you are always so creative! Can't wait to watch Frozen...looks so cute! :)

  47. Oh you must pop over to my blog sweet lady :o))
    Hugs Mau xx

  48. Way too cute! Love the color scheme! Thank you for joining us at DTBST! HUGS

    SSD DT

  49. what a fab card ,love the image and how you have coloured her
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  50. Well aren't you just the clever one matching her up to your girls' princess. Great job my friend. So sorry to hear you still have sickies. Took my girl back to the doc today cause she's worse than before. New round of meds hopefully will help, but the other issue sure isn't helping at all. :-( Hugs!

  51. Such a sweet card - I love how you have coloured the image and great backing papers too.

    Thanks for joining us at CLF this week.

    Sharon x

  52. OMGosh!!! I love every single thing about this card especially your coloring...it's just awesome! I do hope you're feeling better....thanks so much for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create & hope to see you back again next week!!!!!

  53. Spectacular colouring, Nicole. And all that glittery sparkly stuff....just my thing!
    Caught my eye on MIM - had to come in for a closer look.
    xxx Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  54. This is beyond gorgeous! The colors are so pretty! Love the new Fluff :)

  55. This is just amazing...you are incredible. Love those colors and what a sweet little girl. I swear you must never sleep...really truly!

  56. Gorgeous card, fantastic colouring, thank you for joining us at happy campers, Pauline x

  57. I haven't seen Frozen yet, but I will. I just love cartoons - I'm a big kid. lol I can actually see the resemblance of the movie character and the image you used. I love how you coloured the image and all the bling on the muff and ear muffs. It looks fantastic!!! <3 Hugs! xx

  58. Tell your advisors they did very well. Your card is beautiful. The colours are so vibrant and fun ...gorgeous colouring. The sparkly fluff is amazing and adds lovely texture as well as catching the light. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes/Falling Leaves challenge at Craftitude this fortnight. I hope you join us again soon.


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